Maine Emergency Management Agency Plans for Late-Winter Storm
March 13, 2017
AUGUSTA, MAINE —Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is monitoring the late winter storm that is expected to bring as much as a foot and a half of snow across the state. MEMA representatives have been in close contact with partners including the National Weather Service, utilities, and county emergency management agencies.
“Fortunately, we’ve been through plenty of storms by this time of year, so we’re used to it,” said Bruce Fitzgerald, Director of Maine Emergency Management Agency. “But it’s always good to remind people to play it safe and not become complacent.”
The National Weather Service is predicting blizzard conditions with accumulations of two to four inches per hour for several hours, reducing visibility. The snow is expected to change to a mix of sleet, rain and snow along the coast. MEMA staff will continue to monitor the forecast and storm conditions and will connect resources and information throughout the storm.
“We always have a duty officer on call and our staff is on alert as well in case we need to activate our Emergency Operations Center,” said Fitzgerald.
Before the storm arrives, Mainers should take some steps to prepare today including:
- Ensuring generators and alternate heat sources are in good working condition and properly installed.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Making a Family Communications Plan. It is important to know how to contact one another if your family isn’t together when the storm begins and to know how and where to reunite.
- Assembling an emergency preparedness kit with enough food, water, medication, flashlights, batteries and other supplies necessary for at least three days.
- Obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio which broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards.
- Subscribing to Emergency and Safety messages at MainePrepares.com.
- Downloading FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
- Bringing pets/companion animals inside during winter weather and moving other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Those who can avoid travel should do so. If you do have to drive, you should update the emergency kits in your vehicles with the items below and be sure to let someone know when and where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.
- A shovel
- Windshield scraper and small broom
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Tow chain or rope
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Fluorescent distress flag
For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.